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My wife Ellen and I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime - 6 weeks on the road - Goldwing and Timeout camper from Ontario, Canada to Homer, Alaska and all points between.

The trip was fantastic - well beyond our expectations - the weather was wilder, the roads rougher and the scenery more awesome than we could have imagined. We met hundreds of the most hospitable and welcoming people all along the route.

While the Goldwing delivered flawless performance, the Timeout camper was a bit worse for wear - the Alaskan Highway had its way with her and the frame cracked. A bit of angle iron welded on got us through those troubles.

Generally all the roads we took (Alaskan Highway, Klondike Highway, Caspian Highway, Trans Canada) were in reasonable shape, however there is a huge amount of construction in the north - repairing roads broken up by permafrost heaving. Generally that means topcoating with tar and loose gravel which is not so much hard to ride (ie not like deep loose gravel) but dusty and dangerous from flying gravel from passing trucks and RV's. The bike has a few nicks and scratches - war wounds!

Some of the highlights:

  • Animal sightings - moose, black bear, grizzly, mountain sheep/goats, elk, woods buffalo, spawning salmon, prairie dog, eagle, hawk, many other
  • Temperature - from 46 to 102 - wild fluctuations
  • Precipitation - way more than expected
  • Wild dust storm - Drumheller, Alberta - got caught in a canyon on the bike with no protection. 2 people were killed and 75 hospitalized in it.
  • Best museum - Tyrell Dinosaur in Drumheller, Alberta
  • Best scenery - can't choose - all of BC, all of the Yukon, all of Alaska
  • Places not to miss - Dawson City, Yukon (untouched Klondike town), Homer (furthest west paved road in North America), Drumheller (dinosaurs/badlands), Stewart BC (glaciers), Hyder, Alaska (see the Grizzlies feeding), Watson Lake, Yukon (signpost forest),
  • Best roads for motorcycle touring - Gunn Hwy near Palmer, Alaska, Alaskan Highway near Destruction Bay, ride to Homer from Anchorage (along Cook Inlet), Icefield Parkway, Jasper, Alberta
  • Camping experience - never found a really bad campground - mostly clean and with showers and other amenities - prices varied from $10-$25 depending how close to a town and the amenities
We would do the trip again in a shot and would be happy to share our experiences with anyone planning such a trip.

Check out our website for some pics and a blog on experiences.

www.alaskanadventure.kingofthenorthcountry.com


David and Ellen
 

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This will probably start a fire storm but what oil do you use, and did you change it on the trip? :congrats:Looks like you had a great trip, I doubt you had to contend with

100 degree temps. :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
 

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Maintenance during trip

I use Honda 10 W 40 oil and changed it halfway through the trip and just changed it again this morning. The change on the trip showed pretty clean oil, but today it was very ready (ie dark).

We did have temperatures as high as 102 degrees for a couple days, but mostly between upper 50's and mid 70's.

I did have to change both the front and rear tires on the trip - normal wear and tear. The rear already needs to be replaced - the tread is ok, but there is very significant cupping - not ideal for vibration and maybe unsafe in wet conditions.
 

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Dave very nice trip !

did u start with new tires ?

we are planning a trip to Alaska next year

last time it was 10,000 miles on one set of tires, they were pretty cut up from the ride up to the Artic circle but still plenty of tread left, changed oil and washed the bike a couple weeks after we got home, it was the best motorcycle trip i was ever on
 

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Tires on Alaska Trip

We changed tires about 3,00 mi into the trip - normal wear and tear. I need to replace the back now - a lot of cupping (maybe from the trailer weight?). They tires are not cut up in any way - just the cupping and normal wear and tear. Starting to read the Darkside forum - maybe a way to ovecome that cupping and get a bit more wear.:shrug:

Did an oil change halfway through.

Agreed - best trip ever!!!
 

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We also just returned from Alaska. starting here in central Penna. ,,,, 11,242 mi. we opted to board the ferry in Prince Rupert and float up to Skagway,AK. from there we we traveled north to Dawson City,,,rode the TOP OF THE WORLD HIGHWAY and camped at Chicken,AK. Rode south and spent some fishin' days in Soldotna, Seward,and homer. Then north thru Denali ,, Fairbanks & Chena Hot Springs. we camped 2 days in Fairbanks and spent aday riding north to the ARCTIC CIRCLE. A ranger from the BLM met us at the arctic circle and told us we were only the 2nd. trike to make it up to the circle this year. It was a 14 hr. ride from Fairbanks (roundtrip ) gas was not a problem since the truck stop is open at the Yukon River crossing. And no problems with our 2008 'wing trike. If ya ride the Dalton Hwy. RIDE SLOW & STOP WHEN YA SEE TRUCKS !!!:doorag: Our trike is posted on the website for ROADSMITH TRIKES. Click thru the site on to the gallery and customers rides. We are the BLACKTRIKE sitting at the ARCTIC CIRCLE sign. :doorag: BLACKTRIKE is also featured on home page of 234motorsport.com ,,,,, From Fairbanks we started our return trip back to PA. riding all of the ALCAN,,, ICE FIELD HIGHWAY,, Thru SK.,,MB.,,, crossing the border at THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDENS. (N.D.) ,,,,,,, This was our 2nd. bike trip to the north country since 2003. Even allowing 6 weeks ya just don't see it all !! So for those plannin' a trip up north,,, (remember this song )SLOW DOWN YA MOVE TOO FAST,YA GOT TO MAKE THE MORNINGS LAST ,,,, ENJOY AND BE SAFE ,,,,,,,CLIFF & CHRISSIE
 

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I run amsoil and recommend ya plan to change oil . NO MATTER WHAT OIL YA RUN !!! Alot of dusty dirt/gravel roads up north ,,,,,, plan to be riding on a few hundred miles of gravel road thru your entire trip. They always have some part of the road system torn-up. Also start with a new air filter and new tires. But expect too change rear tire at mid point . Also a good idea to install a belly pan if ya don't have one on . BE SAFE ,ENJOY THE WONDERFULL CREATION ,,,,,, CLIFF - :doorag:
 
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